UPDATE: Together with consumers, we supported more than 1,200 special education distance learning projects posted to DonorsChoose from underserved communities, positively impacting more than 73,500 students going back to school across the U.S. We appreciate those who joined us in supporting teachers and students. Learn more about specific projects here

AT&T Helping Teachers & Students Go Back to School

The new school year looks very different for teachers and students across the U.S.

It’s especially true for educators serving pupils with special needs. Just 1 in 5 families with children in special education reported receiving all the support services to which their children were entitled when schools started distance learning.1

To help, AT&T is matching donations to special needs distance learning projects posted from low-income school districts to DonorsChoose. The nonprofit crowdfunding platform allows public school teachers to request support for resources.

“Teachers are working hard to keep our most vulnerable students learning despite immense challenges,” said Charlene Lake, SVP, Corporate Social Responsibility and Chief Sustainability Officer, AT&T. “We need to help them find innovative ways to keep students achieving.”

We begin matching contributions up to $250,000 today.

There are currently more than 1,500 special needs distance learning projects on DonorsChoose that qualify. You can find examples here.

“Heading back to school has never been more challenging, but teachers across the country are rising to that challenge to ensure that all of their students have the support they need to continue learning,” said Charles Best, founder of DonorsChoose. “We appreciate AT&T’s generosity in helping teachers and special need students get the best possible start to the new school year.”

Our contribution to DonorsChoose builds on an earlier $1 million donation to teacher-focused organizations to help educators prepare for the new school year. This support is made possible, in part, through AT&T’s Distance Learning & Family Connections fund.

We’re also honoring teachers and their families with our best price on unlimited wireless plans, with savings up to $600 per year. Learn more here. AT&T may temporarily slow data speeds if the network is busy.

Back to School During COVID-19

From virtual classrooms to hybrid schools, the 2020 fall semester will look much different due to COVID-19. Our education and medical advisors help you navigate this year’s back to school decisions.